Glossy buckthorn eradication a tricky business, experts say

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State forestry experts say plans to manually remove Glossy Buckthorn from the St. Johnsbury Town Forest could make the situation there worse.

Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation officials are telling St. Johnsbury officials that it’s OK to pull seedlings, but that larger plants require herbicide. In a management plan prepared by state experts told the town that pulling large plants out manually could bring buried seeds to the surface, worsening the problem.

Buckthorn is an invasive species that has already choked off Arlington Woods. It forces native species out when it takes hold.

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